a sucker. how much have you given to rosa lee house? >> i would say $10, $15. we don't have a lot to give. >> reporter: for four months we dug deeper and found the story was much bigger than this one woman. what appears to be a ring out of a dickin dickin's novel. >> i know it's a scam. >> reporter: he says he was homeless and recruited by the same folks. >> on the collections it's a 60/40 split. >> reporter: you get 60 and they get 40? >> they get 60 and you get 40. >> reporter: we visited the real rosalee house in san francisco, spelled slightly different. for survivors of domestic violence. folks there said they had great need and the street solicitors are robbing them of donations. they complained to target and the district attorney in san josi, but nothing happened. >> it's frustrating to not be able to have somebody handle it in an appropriate manner. >> reporter: target and other stores put up signs warning customers not to give. >> i asked management who is this lady and why he is out there? they said they didn't want her to call the cops and i did. >> did they come? >> no.